There’s a destination on California’s Central Coast with everything that a wine tourist looking for classic California could ask for. The destination is Pismo Beach.
Travel the world, and you won’t find any place quite like this. The dramatic windswept cliffs, pristine coves, white sandy beaches, quaint towns, and rolling vineyards of San Luis Obispo County will give you reason after reason to pull off the road to explore.
A passion for the French province of Alsace and the desire to create delightfully different wines inspired Claiborne (Clay) Thompson and Fredericka Churchill to found their boutique winery in 1983.
The Edna Valley’s modern day history began in 1973, when the winery’s founder, Jack Niven, planted Paragon Vineyard, dedicated to Chardonnay.
Named to honor the natural predators that helped clear the way for its founding, Kynsi Winery was born in 1995.
The delightfully cozy Apple Farm Inn offers 104 welcoming guest rooms, each with its own fireplace.
Located in the jewel box village of Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo wine country, Avila Lighthouse Suites provides guests an ideal home away from home as they explore this enchanting beach area.
With a splendid oceanfront location and all the luxuries one dreams of, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is an ideal getaway for couples, families, and executive groups.
Located on the bluffs overlooking the ocean, the cozy guest rooms at Cottage Inn by the Sea feature fireplaces and flat screen TVs.
Located in the quaint, seaside village of Cambria—home to 30 art galleries, a delightful coastal walkway, and many restaurants—FogCatcher Inn is a great place to completely relax.
This upscale beachfront property offers rooms and suites with stunning views from private patios.
With a unique collection of charming inns along the California coast, Pacifica Hotels provide guests an array of lovely places to stay and add some fresh ocean air to their wine tasting experience.
Casually elegant and situated in the center of a twenty-three-mile stretch of warm California beach, SeaVenture Resort provides guests with a quiet, intimate beachfront retreat.
Resting atop hot mineral springs and spanning more than 100 acres, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort is just moments away from the quaint village of Avila Beach and close to over 300 wineries.
Standing on the cliffs above pristine Shell Beach, The Cliffs Resort offers 160 newly renovated guest rooms including 24 oceanfront suites.
Gourmet Deli at Sextant Wines
Koberl at Blue
Meze Wine Café & Market
Rooster Creek Tavern
Claiborne & Churchill
Laetitia Vineyards & Winery
Alegria Wine and Ware
Avila Wine and Roasting Company
Gather Wine Bar
Luis Wine Bar
Tastes of the Valleys
Avila La Fonda Hotel
Avila Lighthouse Suites
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
El Colibri Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fog Catcher Inn
Pelican Inn & Suites
The Cliffs Resort
WEDDINGS & EVENTS
Apple Farm’s Wine Country Inn
Madonna Inn Resort & Spa
Santa Margarita Ranch
Saucelito Canyon Vineyard
Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
The Casitas Estate
Settled halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the San Luis Obispo County is defined by its quaint and colorful seaside living. The charming ocean-side towns of Pismo Beach and Avila Beach make San Luis Obispo County the perfect destination for wine lovers and travelers alike. Beautiful hills and valleys appear as you move further inland, including the world renowned Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys.
The marine climate of the San Luis Obispo County enriches the production of wine growing in the region, resulting in an unusually long growing season for wine grapes. This extended growing season produces a wide and rich array of flavors, which in turn creates memorable and delicious wine experiences that can only be found in the San Luis Obispo County. The perfect temperature and long growing season define the San Luis Obispo County as one of the premier wine-growing regions of the world.
The city of San Luis Obispo is the epicenter of the San Luis Obispo County, but short drives north and south of the city deliver world class dining, drinking and visiting experiences. A short drive north of San Luis Obispo is the historic Hearst Castle and an even shorter drive south will result in delicious a clam chowder bread bowl from the world famous Splash Café in Pismo Beach. Picturesque ocean views, world-class wine and fun tourist attractions make San Luis Obispo County a premier wine and travel destination.
San Luis Obispo County is full of sweet spots worth discovering. Here are some not to miss.
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Known for its wonderful wines, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, San Luis Obispo (SLO) wine country is made up of rolling hills and valleys, crossroad country villages, coastal towns, historical sites, and plenty of great places to picnic along the way.
The words “California dreaming” create an idyllic scene. We picture a strong, sturdy pier jutting out from a white pristine beach, inviting, surfable waves, graceful pelicans soaring above, and happy people enjoying it all.
If you’re looking for an authentic California experience boasting untouched natural beauty, farm fresh cuisine, 200+ wineries, and an extensive variety of things to do, please read on.
Today Paso Robles is home to more than 2,200 acres of Rhone varieties and boasts the largest acreage of Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne in the state of California.
Shop on Wednesdays from 3pm-7pm at the Pismo Beach Pier for fresh produce, food and handmade items.
Apple Farm is throwing a huge End of 2013 Sale! From 10/27/13 to 12/25/13, it is only $99 for Sunday through Thursday stays and only $149 for Friday and Saturday stays! Some dates may sell out sooner than others. Please call by 10/21/13 to reserve.
Refugio Ranch will be offering truffle pairings at the tasting room of wines with hand-selected truffles. Please stop by to experience this delectable offer!
Join proprietors Nancy & Craig Stoller, Winemaker Steve Martell, and our delightful staff aboard the Pappagallo Yacht in beautiful Morro Bay for a cruise and gourmet lunch paired with Sextant Wines. Bring your sweetheart and come aboard to make this Valentine's Day an unforgettable one. Tickets are $115 per person or $95 for club members. Call or email today to reserve your space.
Calling all Sea Glass enthusiasts, Sea Glass craftspeople and Sea Glass jewelers and artists! Come discover why sea glass collecting is so popular on coasts all over the world. Cayucos Chamber of Commerce is hosting this exciting Central Coast event by the beach. Vendors from around the nation will be selling and displaying their sea glass treasures and creations.
Spend a weekend in Pismo Beach and experience a full on ride with the Taste of Pismo! On Friday, there is the "FarmFest on the Coast" where farmers and chefs unite with winemakers to showcase sustainability and deliver farm-to-fork pairings. On Saturday, it is the primier wine and culinary event that overlooks the Pacific Ocean! Wrap up your Sunday with the "Lions for Youth" Benefit Day and enjoy a pancake breakfast and BBQ lunch.
This classic surf and wine event celebrates the best of San Luis Obispo County. Combining the fun, laid back atmosphere of the wine country and unique surf culture, enjoy four days of unforgettable events evoking the magic of wine and waves. These events take place at numerous scenic venues throughout San Luis Obispo County. All proceeds go to support the Association of Amputee Surfers (AmpSurf).
The Avila Beach Tequila Festival is a relatively new event to Avila to replace the beer fest. It pairs amazing tequila, local food, killer music and tons of fun under the Avila sun! It takes place each year on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at the Avila Beach Concerts at the Cove.
The San Ramon Art & Wind Festival blows into town on May 25 & 26 in San Ramon Central Park from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. The festival includes over 150 arts & crafts booths, entertainment on 4 stages, kite-flying demos, free kite making workshops provided by Hills Physician Medical Group, kids' activities, a non-profit info alley, displays and more!
The Classic brings in thousands of people and cars and 18 wheelers from large companies like Mothers Polish, GM Performance, Ford Motor Company, 7-Eleven, Budweiser and many more! The show began in the early 80’s and continues to bring in the hottest classic cars each year to the tiny but serene central coast town of Pismo Beach, CA.